P basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GreenEggsnHam, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. GreenEggsnHam


    Sep 25, 2011
    What kind of sound do they get? What kind of music is it suitable for? Does it feel good to play?
  2. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    The best one. Everything. Yes.
  3. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    There are seriously a thousand threads on P Basses, try doing a search. Loads of information on here.
  4. They are better than Jazz basses, they probably are the best basses for metal and there is a law on Talkbass that forces you to start a thread saying you love them at least once a week!
  5. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    All your p-bass belong to us
  6. It's kind of hard to describe the sound to those that haven't heard it. I mean, you've heard it on countless records, but I'm talking about actively listening for it. It can pull off big thumping motown bass, smooth reggae, aggressive punk style pick tone and most things in between.
    Defining how well it plays is hard because everyone has preferences. Some think that a bass that plays well is one where they can wrap their fingers around a baseball bat-style neck, others prefer paper thin speed machines. Your best bet is to play a few different P-Basses and see what you think the playability is like.
  7. Silver9692


    Aug 17, 2011
    P BASSES ARE THE BEST BASSES EVER!!!!!!!PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD
    No but really. They are crazy versatile. I would say that they are one of if not the most played bass in the world, and for a good reason.
  8. They get a really bass-guitar type sound, kinda rounded and sits well in the mix. Pretty midrange-y and fat. Sounds kinda like a J-Bass, except nothing like a J-Bass. More like a P. It's suitable for anything, from Grindcore to Pop, but if you want a more "out there" and unique tone, there are other basses available. But they sit in the mix well. If every instrument is trying to cut through, there is no mix.

    Feels terrible to play.
  9. jedw


    Jun 5, 2010
    Preston Uk
    They aren't very good. Never catch on.

    Actually I heard they stopped making P basses.
  10. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Sound...little top, little bottom. Plenty mids.
    Suitable for anything you wanna play with them.
    not the most comfortable bass but not the least comfortable either.

    Good allrounder.
  11. maxbass


    May 22, 2002
    Milano Italy
    Improve your grammar
  12. Mister Ed

    Mister Ed

    Apr 9, 2011
    They're versatile...but not as versatile as a Jazz bass. So there.
  13. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin'

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    Go to a music store and play one, for cryin' out loud! Even if we could describe it in words, you wouldn't understand it in the same way we meant it. Can you tell me, in words I can comprehend, how a banana tastes?:D
  14. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    I've always gone back and forth between a Jazz or a P-Bass.

    That said, If I could have only one bass, It would be an early 60's P-Bass.

    There is no gig you can't do with one.
  15. What kind of sound do they get? Exactly the sound you want.

    What kind of music is it suitable for? Any and every.

    Does it feel good to play? Depends on which one you get.

    To me, the P bass is like a pepperoni pizza. Not a lot to it, and there's loads of other toppings you could put on there, but it's the kind I basically always get, and it's always good.
  16. giacomini


    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars
    Some people behave like they're in kindergarten...

    If you can't say anything to help, better say nothing.

    It's not like everybody was born knowing what is a P Bass!

    Now to the OP: please search, there are thousands of P Bass threads.
  17. I chuckled to myself a little when I saw your sig. :D
  18. giacomini


    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars
  19. Yes.
  20. Great questions OP! I have a few follow ups for everyone:

    "Would you play it in a house?
    Would you play it with a mouse?

    Would you play it in a box?
    Would you play it with a fox?"

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